What next?

Once you’ve decided which of the nineteen graduate officer roles best suits your skills and ambitions, you’ll need to fill in the online application form. This is simply so our careers advisors can get in touch to talk through your options - there’s no obligation to join.


Typically, it takes about six months from applying to joining, though this depends on your circumstances and chosen role. It sounds like a long time, but down to the nature of being an officer, we rely on comprehensive testing to make sure you’re a good fit – and vice versa. We’ll be in regular touch throughout this period to make sure you know what’s going on and what you need to do to succeed.

When can I apply?

You can start your application while you’re still studying. If you’re successful, you’re entitled to four entries to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC). We recommend getting the ball rolling sooner rather than later, so you have more choice about when you start your Phase 1 training.

What about deadlines?

Applications are open all year round, so you’re not restricted like most graduate training programmes. BRNC has three intakes each year (in January, May and September). For Medical Officers and Royal Marine Officers, however, there is only one intake each year, in September, so ideally you should start your application at the beginning of the academic year in which you wish to join, or earlier.

The Joining Process

  1. Find your officer role using the Role Finder
  2. Complete the online application
  3. We’ll book you in for the Recruitment Test
  4. Take the medical tests and the Royal Navy pre-joining fitness test
  5. Pass the Admiralty Interview Board
  6. Start training at Dartmouth

The Admiralty Interview Board

The two-day Admiralty Interview Board is a competency-based assessment to find out whether you have what it takes, mentally and physically. Here’s what to expect:

  • Essay, to assess written communication skills
  • Practical Leadership Task, to assess teamwork and leadership
  • Planning exercise and presentation
  • Interview
  • Psychometric testing (verbal, non-verbal, numeracy)
  • Fitness test (inc. an outdoor, timed 2.4km run)

Training: What’s Involved?

Phase 1.1: Militarisation

This ten-week course gives you all the basics, and includes:

  • Team-based physical training, map reading and navigation, and field-based craft and survival skills
  • Weapon training
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Damage Control training
  • Four-day, assessed practical leadership exercise on Dartmoor

Phase 1.2: Marinisation

A second ten-week course that enables you to apply your learnings from Phase 1.1 to a maritime environment. It includes:

  • Tuition on topics such as Strategic Studies and Maritime Operations
  • Extensive boat handling
  • Simulated disaster relief and combat situations
  • Four-day, assessed basic maritime skills exercise

Phase 1.3: Initial Fleet Time

You first taste of life on a Royal Navy warship, where you’ll experience every department on-board. This phase includes:

  • On-board safety
  • Fire fighting and damage control
  • Using sea survival equipment
  • One written and two oral assessments

Phase 2: Professional Training

Once you have essential military and maritime command skills under your belt, it’s time to become a specialist in the officer role you’ve chosen. Through a combination of time at sea and time in the classroom, this is when your Royal Navy career really starts to come into its own. How far you take it is up to you.